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Mayoral Candidate Holds ‘Ask Andy’ Event at Bournville Gardens Retirement Village

5th April, 2017

Prospective Mayor of the West Midlands, Andy Street, took a tour of The ExtraCare Charitable Trust’s Bournville Gardens Village in South Birmingham yesterday.  

The visit to the 212 home retirement community which supports over 300 local older people is one of several ‘Ask Andy’ events where the mayoral candidate is seeking the views of the local community prior
to the election on May 4th 2017. 

Mr Street, former managing director of John Lewis, was keen to hear residents’ views across a range of local issues including housing, crime, environment and transport.  

Commenting after the visit, Mr Street said: “I’m keen to engage with older residents across the West Midlands and hear their views as part of a consultation strategy which engages the whole community. Residents here at Bournville Gardens Village have made a significant contribution to this City and I was keen to set out my vision for the West Midlands and hear their views on the region’s future.”

Liam Palmer, Manager of Bournville Gardens Village, commented: “We have a thriving community here representing a wide range of interests and circumstances. We welcome the opportunity to be involved in the democratic process and ensure our residents have their say.”

Bournville Gardens is one of four ExtraCare Villages currently open in Birmingham. The Charity is opening a fifth Birmingham retirement village this summer in Longbridge.

Picture: l-r Bournville Gardens Village Manager Liam Palmer, Resident Keith Shaw and Andy Street in the Gym

For more information about Bournville Gardens Village, please visit


-Notes to Editors-

The ExtraCare Charitable Trust is a registered charity established in 1988 and based in Coventry. Our vision is better lives for older people and our mission is creating sustainable communities that provide homes older people want, lifestyles they can enjoy and care if it’s needed. To deliver our vision and mission we essentially do three things: 

Each village or scheme has 5 to 18 social, health and leisure facilities that are accessible to our residents, volunteers and local people representing all age groups living in surrounding communities. Our Charity Shops help fund care and well-being services for older people living at our each of our locations. 

Bournville Gardens is part of a £200m development programme in Birmingham with the City Council, as follows:

New Oscott Village, Erdington (opened 2010)
Pannel Croft Village, Newtown (opened 2012)
Hagley Road Village, Edgbaston (opened 2013)
Bournville Gardens, Bournville (opened 2015)
Longbridge Village, Longbridge (opens summer 2017)

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Richard Tower, Communications Manager 0772 055 3658